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Another crowning success for Seychelles Tourism Week

Another crowning success for Seychelles Tourism Week ( Seychelles Tourism Week 2013 came to a close on Saturday, September 28, with the Tourism Trade Fair, the dedicated event held to mark Tourism Week annually.

As the curtains fell on Seychelles Tourism Week, Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture paid a surprise visit to the Trade Fair and met those who had answered the Seychelles Tourism Board’s call to take part in the fair, not only to showcase their products and services, but to highlight the positive measures they were taking to ensure water sustainability in the industry.

Minister St.Ange, together with Jennifer Sinon, Director of Human Resource at the Seychelles Tourism Board, took time to visit the different stalls and take stock of concerns and suggestions for next year’s fair.

Giving his impression after the visit, Alain St.Ange, Minister for Tourism and Culture, said that this year’s trade fair, held under the theme of World Tourism Day - Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future, was an opportunity for his ministry to see the best practices of sustainability water management in the country.

Minister St.Ange said that he is satisfied with the quality of the stands. He, however, noted that for next year’s Tourism Trade Fair, more efforts should be put in the organization of the event. The Minister added that a post mortem will be drafted on the Seychelles Tourism Trade Fair for the way forward and to prepare for 2014 Fair.

“We are asking our tourism trade partners to come out to be seen and to be counted as being serious team players. I have listened to comments and suggestions made by the exhibitors and will be discussing them with the CEO of the Tourism Board. What we need going forward is a good day full of activities in what we call our Tourism Fair. We shall open it in the morning and close it the same evening but it will be full of press coverage to guarantee visibility and that the public visits. We can only get better by listening to the comments of all who participated with us this year. It is so important to say thank you to the 21 companies who came out to be seen as being partners of our country's tourism industry. You did our industry proud," Minister St.Ange said.

The Tourism Trade Fair, one of the activities to mark Seychelles Tourism Week, was officially opened by Anne Lafortune, Seychelles Principal Secretary for Tourism.

The Seychelles Principal Secretary for Tourism, Anne Lafortune, has appealed to the local industry to adopt sustainable water management practices so as to ensure that there is enough of the precious liquid to cater for all in the small island state.

“Our wise use of water resources is the key to the sustainability of our tourism which in a nutshell means being able to continue doing tomorrow what we are doing today. Without due care and diligence in our use of water, our hotels and other accommodation establishments will find it increasingly difficult to cater for our tourists’ basic needs, and our tourism industry will experience serious setbacks as a result,” she said.

Establishments participating in the Seychelles Tourism Trade Fair, such as Constance Ephelia, were able to show how the hotel is turning sea water potable – relieving the pressure on the local water supplier, the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC).

Incidentally, the Public Utilities Corporation was also present at the Fair opening, holding a short but informative talk as to how its water and sewerage division operates. Francky Dupres, Project Manager in the division, explained their operations to the fair’s visitors.

No Tourism Trade Fair would be complete without the establishments showcasing their products and services. Banyan Tree, for instance, amazed visitors with their sinfully delicious cakes, made in bite sizes for those touring the event held at the International Conference Centre on the Seychelles grounds.

PHOTO: Alain St.Ange, Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, takes stock of Seychelles Tourism Fair


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